Bishop Michael Rinehart to Visit Grace Lutheran Church March 27

Grace is excited to announce that we will host Bishop Michael Rinehart during the 10:30 communion service on March 27. Although Bishop Mike has visited with us in the past this will be his first time to serve in our pulpit as Preacher.

The Bishop is graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has served as pastor in congregations in Iowa, North Carolina and Texas. Rinehart and his wife, Susan, have two children: John and Yuliana.

Bishop Rinehart says:

“Serving as bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is an honor, a challenge, and a joy. It has given me the opportunity to work with many gifted pastors and committed people of faith. We’re creating communities that make disciples who serve the world in Jesus’ name.

Evangelism is one of my passions, and our synod’s highest priority. Evangelism is making fully devoted followers of Christ, who taught love of God and neighbor as the greatest commandments. Of late much time has been devoted to helping congregations get back on their feet after four devastating hurricanes in the last four years.

I’ve also been very involved in our companion synod program, particularly with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru. I’m just starting to learn about our other companion synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic.”


Grace is deeply honored by the Bishop’s visit and will celebrate with a church-wide potluck following the service. Please plan to attend.

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